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Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

Berta
Italian
  • 17-19 Alberta St,
    Surry Hills,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9264 6133,
    berta.com.au/
  • Lunch Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-11pm

Berta
-33.877862,151.210547

Jamie Irving isn't pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine too far at this understated bistro - he's pushing impeccably sourced ingredients and presenting them without tricks. Tuesday nights are even dedicated to celebrating a seasonal ingredient such as chestnuts or chilli, or northern Italian cheeses, perhaps. The buzzy room befits a stylish crowd, with glossy polished concrete flanked by bottled pickles and a glass rear wall. Zucchini flowers are stuffed with ricotta, fried in a lacy batter and sweetened with honey from rooftop hives, while kingfish crudo is lightly oiled and flecked with chilli and punchy citrus segments. Pasta is a highlight - as you'd hope - with pappardelle coated in a rich sausage ragù. Desserts make the most of seasonal bounty, as with the rhubarb torte with a crumbly almond crust, and there are plenty of Italian wines offered by the glass. So take your time, take it easy and taste your way through Italy, from top to toe.  


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $7-$12

    M $16-$38

    D $14-$16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Jamie Irving

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